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actuate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of actuate

  1. 1 to cause to function a light actuated by a motion detector the alarm system actuates the door locks Synonyms of actuate activate, crank (up), drive, move, run, set off, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn onWords Related to actuate kick over, turn over; charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, recharge; arouse, excite, jump-start, kick-start, stimulate, vitalize; ignite, incite, instigate, provoke, quicken, stir up; accelerate, catalyze, speed (up), step upNear Antonyms of actuate arrest, brake, check, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stick, stop; decelerate, repress, slow, stunt, suppressAntonyms of actuate cut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off

  2. 2 to set or keep in motion hearing depends on sound vibrations that actuate the complex mechanism of that sensory organ, the ear Synonyms of actuate move, drive, impel, propel, workWords Related to actuate activate, motivate, provoke; abet, ferment, foment, incite, raise, stir (up), whip (up); set off, trigger, trip; arouse, excite, fire (up), galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, instigate, rouse, stimulateNear Antonyms of actuate bridle, check, constrain, contain, control, curb, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain

Synonym Discussion of actuate

move, actuate, drive, impel mean to set or keep in motion. move is very general and implies no more than the fact of changing position.
    • moved the furniture
actuate stresses transmission of power so as to work or set in motion.
    • turbines actuated by waterpower
drive implies imparting forward and continuous motion and often stresses the effect rather than the impetus.
    • a ship driven aground by hurricane winds
impel is usually figurative and suggests a great motivating impetus.
    • a candidate impelled by ambition


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